Newsletter 825

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Best of the Moment

The Island Where People Forget To Die

Dan Buettner | NYT | 24 October 2012

The Greek island of Ikaria, about 30 miles off the Turkish coast, has an astonishing number of very old people. In good health too. How do they do it? Buettner, who studies longevity, goes to investigate Comments (

The Plot To Destroy America's Beer

Devin Leonard | Businessweek | 25 October 2012

Fascinating feature about beer behemoth, AB InBev, owner of Budweiser, Stella Artois, Beck's and much more. The boss is 52-year-old Brazilian, Carlos Brito, who sounds like an ascetic fellow for a CEO, and a ruthless cost-cutter Comments (

Fear And Loathing In Athens: The Rise Of Golden Dawn And The Far Right

Maria Margaronis | Guardian | 26 October 2012

Among the fascists of Greece. "Golden Dawn is many things: a party, a movement, a subculture; a vigilante force; a network inside the police and the judiciary." Where the state withdraws, it moves in to fill the gaps Comments (

Going Souterrain

Will Hunt | Intelligent Life | 24 October 2012

Will Hunt set out to walk from the southern edge of Paris to the northern, using only catacombs, telecom tunnels and sewers. In all, he spent 40 hours underground in the murk and filth. This is how he got on Comments (

My Multiday Massage-a-Thon

John Jeremiah Sullivan | NYT | 25 October 2012

"The erotic element of nonerotic massage is somehow comical. To mention it seems louche, but to glide past it is bizarre. There’s no other situation in life in which a man or woman touches you the way a massage artist touches you" Comments (

Fly Paper (An Arsenic Story Told In Four Acts)

Deborah Blum | Wired | 23 October 2012

Odourless, almost tasteless arsenic was killers' poison of choice for many years. It was contained in fly paper and easily extracted by soaking the paper in water. Dashiell Hammett wrote a little-known murder story about it Comments (

FiveBooks Interview


Andrew Gelman on How Americans Vote

As Romney vs Obama enters the final stretch, the statistician and author of Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State uncovers the (often surprising) realities of how Americans of different backgrounds vote Read on (


Behavioural Economics

How do cognitive and emotional factors affect our understanding of economic decisions? The field of behavioural economics attempts to explain Read on (

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Empires of the Atlantic World  by JH Elliott

Bernard Bailyn says ( : “For comparative history between the British and the Spanish in America, there's no better book – it's excellent” FiveBooks Archive (

Video of the Day

Embedded With The Syrian Army


Janine Di Giovanni reports from Homs More videos (

Quote of the Day

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"What music is to the spirit, reading is to the mind"

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